It’s hard for me to watch how quickly my kids are growing up.
I long to enjoy this brief time I have with them and to deeply connect with them.
But, so often life gets in the way. Busyness. Grocery shopping and laundry, homeschooling and work, music lessons and dinner prep.
But, even in the busy times, I want to show my kids how how much I love them.
Maybe you feel the same way? If so, here’s a simple way to intentionally spend more time with your kids.
Are you looking for a great way to label all of your kids’ belongings? Here’s the solution: printable name tags.
My girls are entering 6th grade and my son is entering 4rth grade this year. I am still homeschooling, but we have added soccer and music extracurricular activities.
Which means… my kids need labels and tags on sports bags, music stands, instrument cases, and even on the inside covers of books.
Starting a new school year can be frightening. I know that my kids will face anxieties and temptations this year.
I wanted to not only give my kids an attractive way to label their belongings, I wanted to also remind them of God’s love for them.
Do you feel like you spend most of your life in a hurry, rushing around in a blur of stress, snapping at your kids – only to regret it later?
Do you ever resent your kids because they are getting in the way of your “to-do” list, then feel guilty for even thinking such a thing?
Would you love to be able to slow down, deepen your relationships, make memories, and enjoy parenting again?
I am an avid reader.
I love to escape into other worlds, to experience things that I would never otherwise get to experience and to learn things I would never otherwise get to learn – all from the comfort of my own sofa.
Which is why I recently found myself browsing the Christian fiction section of my local library.
It feels so safe to choose a book off the Christian fiction shelf at the library. These are books that won’t have bad language, overt sex scenes, or promotion of bad morals, right?
So, I grabbed a book off the shelf. A book that is a New York Times Bestseller. A book that is advertised as being about a small town, and not overly romantic.
And I found myself captivated by a romance story that seemed so “innocent” and “safe”, yet ugly dangers were lurking right under the shiny cover.
Christmas and holidays and birthday parties and family celebrations and extended family vacations….
Do these words fill you with joyful expectations and warm fuzzies as you think about your extended family relationships?
Or, would you rather spend time with your dentist undergoing a root canal?
We choose our friends. We don’t choose our family members. But, for better or for worse, our family members seem to stick with us through life.
What can we do when family relationships go sour?
Moments of rejection stay with us, don’t they?
I will never forget the time that I made cookies and took them over to my new neighbor.
It happened on a Saturday, not long after they had moved in. I noticed that my new neighbors were having a garage sale – and I thought it would be the perfect time to go over and introduce myself and welcome them to the neighborhood.
So, I quickly baked some cookies, arranged them on a disposable plate, and walked over to their home.
My family is going on a long car drive soon…
Which got me thinking… How can I keep my “older” kids (10, 10, and 7) happy in a car for over 5 hours?
Here are 12 Outrageously Fun Road Trip Ideas for OLDER Kids. These ideas are perfect for family vacations, Sunday School outings, or long drives with your youth group.
I often pass a school sign that has this message for their students in giant letters:
Have a safe and fun summer.
Somehow, this sign strikes me as slightly ludicrous. Are these really our two highest values for our children?
Often, with all of our focus on “safety” and “fun”, I am afraid that we are giving our children a very false idea of life. Because, let’s face it, real life is not exactly safe. Or fun.